HERTS: HDA17 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 have been announced and tickets for the prestigious Presentation Evening are now available.

The remaining applicants in each category are now in the running for clinching Gold, Silver or Bronze awards at the third HDA dinner ceremony on September 21, at Tithe Barns, Knebworth House.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to move quickly, following last year’s sell-out event.

An abundance of networking and entertainment is lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Presenting awards at the Presentation Evening will be Headline Sponsor Nimbus Hosting and Associate Sponsor Distinctly alongside a number of influential organisations across the county.

HDA17 is also supported by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Department for International Trade, Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council and Clare Reeves Voiceovers.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.

Tickets are priced at £62.50+VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten click

The HDAs is the first and only scheme within the county dedicated to celebrating the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.


Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 Finalists

BLOG

Coffee with Meg
Eurochange
High Living Barnet
The DADventurer
The Reluctant Divorcee by SA Law LLP
Vivacious Mum by Kiran Singh
VSL Group

ONLINE RETAILER

COSMO Restaurants by The Lonely Pixel
HK Jewellery by Daymedia
JSapphirah London by MzBee
Marketing 4 Construction by Professional IMPACT
Plymouth Gin Distillery by Rubber Cheese
Travel Destinations by Link Digital
Ultimate Performance by The Creative Clinic

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

KDW Independent Financial Planning
Longcroft Cat Hotel by Link Digital
Loseley Events by VISIX
My Moovie
New to Watford
Steven Oates by Advanced Web Designs
Wenta by Daymedia

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

AIM Sales and Marketing
Eurochange
HitchinTV
My Mustard
SA Law LLP
St Albans Cathedral by iUVO
University of Hertfordshire: International Office

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Asset TV
Cincera Productions
IGL Films
A Little Bit of Networking by My Mustard
MyMoovie
University of Hertfordshire: International Office
West Herts College by IGL Films

WEBSITE

Absolute Creative Media
Fresh Lemon
Hamilton Fraser Insurance by The Lonely Pixel
Kirkman & Jourdain by Link Digital
Rubica by Tutch Media
Town and Country Estate Agents by Insites Digital
Vertas Group by Rubber Cheese

WEBSITE: B2B

Kirkman & Jourdain by Link Digital
Maincourse Associates by iUVO
Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants
Parsons Architecture + Design by Shy Studios
Portas Consulting by Daymedia
SEC Group by Fluid Studios
Vertas Group by Rubber Cheese

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

CycleFox by Rubber Cheese
Dinings by Tutch Media
Muddy Stilettos Herts
New to Watford
Ruby’s Rambles by Minos Creative
Sejal Anujah Shah by WPMaintain
Vapelab by Tutch Media

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

Absolute Creative Media
Big Reach Marketing by Fluid Studios
FWA
Ghost Pictures by Shy Studios
MCS Creative
MW Studio
The Reluctant Divorcee by SA Law LLP

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

Art In A Corner / EAZL by Absolute Creative Media
Bishop’s Stortford College
Hertfordshire International College
Housing Design Awards by Insites Digital
Kings Langley Secondary School by FSE Design
Mathematics Mastery by Rubber Cheese
St Anthony’s School for Girls by Innermedia

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS

Bottle Bazaar
High Living Barnet
Mainline Baits by Advanced Web Designs
My Mustard
The Horse Diva
The Illustrated Chef BBQ Company
Town and Country Estate Agents by Insites Digital

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

adidas by Stella McCartney SS17 by iUVO
All 4 Kids by Link Digital
Fangs FX by Smoking Rocket
Gymbo’s by Advanced Web Designs
Protec Soccer by Advanced Web Designs
R3Store Studios by Netrix
Ultimate Performance by The Creative Clinic

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY

Amber Suite by WPMaintain
COSMO Restaurants by The Lonely Pixel
Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs
Plymouth Gin Distillery by Rubber Cheese
Studley House Farm by Fluid Studios
The Illustrated Chef BBQ Company
Wood Grill Restaurant Stansted by Professional IMPACT

HERTS: Two Weeks Left To Enter HDA17

Entry for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 will close in two weeks.

The scheme is open to businesses from any industry and was set up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across the county.

HDA17 is free to enter and has 14 free-to-enter categories which are:

Website
Website: School, Education or Charity
Website: Marketing & Creative
Website: B2B
Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Website: Sports & Entertainment
Responsive Website
Mobile App
Blog: Business
Blog: Entertainment
Use of Social Media for Business
Use of Video for Business
Online Retailer

The Headline Sponsor of HDA17 is website hosting firm Nimbus Hosting and the Associate Sponsor is Distinctly

Entry is open to businesses from every industry sector, not just design agencies.

But design agencies wishing to enter can also enter their client work, even if the client is based outside of Hertfordshire.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the HDA17 Judging Panel said: “The Digital Awards is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Hertfordshire calendar.

“It is a great opportunity for businesses, charities and schools to showcase their online work, promote their services and get recognised for their achievements.

“The event itself is a fantastic celebration of what’s great about progressive Hertfordshire businesses and an amazing networking opportunity among some of the county’s most influential organisations.”

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards is supported by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department For International Trade and Hertfordshire Mercury.

The Presentation Evening will take place at Knebworth House on September 21, 2017.

Enter here

Entry closes at 5pm on July 21, 2017.

HERTS: One Month Left To Enter HDA17

Entry for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 will close in one month.

The scheme – which is open to businesses from any industry – was set up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across the county.

HDA17 is free to enter and has 14 free-to-enter categories which are:

Website
Website: School, Education or Charity
Website: Marketing & Creative
Website: B2B
Website: Tourism & Hospitality
Website: Lifestyle & Culture
Website: Sports & Entertainment
Responsive Website
Mobile App
Blog: Business
Blog: Entertainment
Use of Social Media for Business
Use of Video for Business
Online Retailer

The Headline Sponsor of HDA17 is website hosting firm Nimbus Hosting.

Entry is open to businesses from every industry sector, not just design agencies.

But design agencies wishing to enter can also enter their client work, even if the client is based outside of Hertfordshire.

Robin Bailey, Chair of the HDA17 Judging Panel said: “The Digital Awards is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Hertfordshire calendar.

“It is a great opportunity for businesses, charities and schools to showcase their online work, promote their services and get recognised for their achievements.

“The event itself is a fantastic celebration of what’s great about progressive Hertfordshire businesses and an amazing networking opportunity among some of the county’s most influential organisations.”

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards is supported by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department For International Trade and Hertfordshire Mercury.

The Presentation Evening will take place at Knebworth House on September 21, 2017.

Enter here

Entry closes at 5pm on July 21, 2017.

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA17 Launched With Nimbus And Entry Is Now Open

Entry for the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2017 is now open.

The third HDAs is set to be the biggest yet, following the sold-out event in September.

Nimbus Hosting returns as Headline Sponsor of the scheme, which was set-up in 2015 to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, charities and schools from across the county.

Also backing the HDAs once again are the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, the UK Government’s Department For International Trade, Hertfordshire Mercury and Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council.

The Awards is open to businesses from every industry sector and digital agencies are allowed to enter work for clients, even is the client is based outside of the county.

There are 15 categories to enter including Website, Use of Social Media for Business, Mobile App, Use of Video for Business and Blog.

Nimbus Hosting – which will present the Website award at the Presentation Evening – is a dynamic IT firm which specialises in offering web hosting services to the digital agencies and commerce sites.

It supports clients across the UK from its headquarters in Hertford and one of the company’s missions is to allow digital professionals to focus on core projects rather than dealing with “hosting headaches” and the, often, complex details of IT.

Robin Bailey, Chairman of the independent HDA Judging Panel, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nimbus Hosting, a highly credible and very success Hertfordshire firm and big friend of the Awards back to the HDAs.

“And we are equally excited to open entry for the HDAs once again.

“We received hundreds of high quality entries in 2016 and we cannot wait to share and celebrate the best in what Hertfordshire has to offer on digital platforms.”

The HDA17 Presentation Evening will take place at Knebworth House on September 21, 2017.

To enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards for free click

For more information about Nimbus Hosting click

HERTFORDSHIRE: Bishop’s Stortford College Double Up On Gold Awards

Following the Hertfordshire Digital Awards on 23 September, we spoke to Sarah Gowans, Marketing Manager at Bishop’s Stortford College – who won two Gold awards, for Website and Website: School, Education or Charity.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
We are an independent day and boarding school for 4 – 18 years olds. We are consistently in the top 100 independent schools based on A Level results but the breadth of experience that is woven into daily life means that pupils can and do pursue high academic standards whilst enjoying and succeeding in many other interests.

What made you get involved in the HDAs?
We saw an ad and filled in the entry form. Our website was new and only launched in October last year and we’re very proud of it – it’s our shop window to the world.

What does winning gold at the HDAs mean to your organisation?
It’s a tremendous accolade and a reflection that not all the good work goes on in the classroom!

Where will you be putting your award?
One will be put into our main reception and the other into the Prep School Reception area.

What was your most memorable moment from the HDA presentation evening?
Not falling up the stairs onto the stage was certainly an achievement and one I’m very relieved about too!

What’s the best thing about the Hertfordshire business community?
We try to use local suppliers and support our local business community wherever we can so to have a wealth of digital talent on our doorstep is not only valuable but stimulating too.

You can visit the Bishop’s Stortford College website here.

HERTFORDSHIRE: Fluid Studios Discuss Winning Gold at HDA16

Following the Hertfordshire Digital Awards on 23 September, we caught up with Baldock-based web designers Fluid Studios – who took home Gold for Use of Social Media for Business, and Bronze for Website:Lifestyle & Culture – to get their take on the evening and find out what winning means to them.

Could you tell us a little about your organisation?
Fluid Studios is a leading website design and development company based in Baldock. Over the last 12 years we have been refining and building our large online portfolio, with a huge variety of clients from sole traders to international corporations. You won’t get a normal website design experience from us, there are so many things that set us apart. We’re a small team of talented individuals with skills in both design and development. We have a massive focus on customer service so you can be sure of always getting a quick and friendly response. We’re bursting with so many ideas we’ve taken to drawing them on our studio walls, honest!

What made you get involved in the HDAs?
Being at the forefront of all things digital and technological is a huge part of our industry, so the Hertfordshire Digital Awards were an excellent opportunity to not only showcase some of our recent designs and development projects, but to also find out more about what the rest of Hertfordshire has to offer.

What does winning gold at the HDAs mean to your organisation?
Winning Gold for ‘use of social media for business’ means a great deal to us, we absolutely love all of our social media platforms, so are over the moon! We have made some great connections through social media and it is a tool that greatly helps to support our business development. Our Marketing Manager, Jessie Lansbury, has worked extremely hard over the last year to build up our social media accounts and help to improve our online presence. Our online brand in particular is something that we have put a lot of time in to, and as a website design company, it is something that is very important to us. We take great care to keep our content well branded and in-line with our brand guidelines. Over the past few years this has helped our posts be instantly recognisable and has greatly helped us build our online presence. Being recognised as being at the forefront of the social media industry in Hertfordshire is just amazing, and something that we are truly proud of.

Where will you be putting your award?
Our gold award will be going in pride of place in our reception area!

What was your most memorable moment from the HDA presentation evening?
There are far too many to choose from! We had an absolutely amazing evening, and it was so lovely to meet and catch up with all of the other finalists. We also loved the quiz – but were pipped to the post by table 5!

What’s the best thing about the Hertfordshire business community?
I think the best thing is the community spirit we have! There are so many instances of Hertfordshire based Businesses working with each other and supporting each other in a whole range of different projects. It’s also amazing to see how many Hertfordshire companies are digital advocates, and taking full advantage of all the digital services that are available to them!

You can find out more about Fluid Studios right here.

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA16 Presentation Evening Report

THE online achievements of businesses, charities and schools across Hertfordshire have been celebrated at the second Hertfordshire Digital Awards.

Accolades across 15 categories including “Website”, “Blog” and “Use of Social Media for Business” were presented to deserving organisations at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, on September 22.

Compering the event was former BBC broadcaster Robin Bailey who presented Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes to a host of worthy winners.

Special guests included Tim Dunton, from the headline sponsor Nimbus Hosting, Tom Shurville of Associate Sponsor, Distinctly, Carole Luck from Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, Ian Webber of Lexus Hatfield and James Selby from the Department for International Trade.

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards was set up in 2015 solely to showcase online work.

Bishops Stortford College saw double after scooping Gold in the flagship “Website” category and in “Website: School, Education or Charity”.

Also walking away with two top-placed accolades were Stevenage-based design agency Tutch Media who won Gold in “Website: B2B” for their work on behalf of Oakmont Construction and in the “Website: Lifestyle & Culture” for Wildgoose.

Red Bullet landed the top Award in the “Website: Tourism & Hospitality” classification for its Visit Hertfordshire website design and Fluid Studios, from Baldock, won Gold in the “Use of Social Media for Business” area.

Online poetry and gift retailer Bespoke Verse, in Berkhamsted, made it a third double-haul by claiming Gold in the “Online Retailer” and “Website: Marketing & Creative” sections.

Leading the way in the “Blog” category was Deep Phat Digital and the plaudits went to Elstree studio Cincera in “Use of Video for Business”.

Watford retailer 1,000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic landed Gold in “Website: Sports & Entertainment”.

HDA16 was sponsored by Nimbus Hosting and Distinctly

It was also backed by the Mercury, Lexus Hatfield, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce, the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Also victorious were Harpenden and Hitchin’s Lyndhurst Financial Management in “Responsive Website”, and Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs, in Hertford, for “Website: Small Business”.

There was also a ‘Spirit of Hertfordshire’ award which was handed to the film and TV centre Elstree Studios, the home of Star Wars and Strictly Come Dancing, who were commended for ‘going above and beyond the call of duty for the betterment and promotion of Hertfordshire’ through their digital work.

You can see a full list of the winners from HDA16 here

HERTFORDSHIRE: Going For Gold In 1 Month

Excitement is building ahead of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards, which takes place in one month today.

Following the stunning performance by Team GB in Rio, businesses, charities and schools from across Hertfordshire will be going for Gold themselves at HDA16 following a record number of entries.

Competition is fierce across the 13 categories including the “Website” which will presented by Headline Sponsor Nimbus Hosting on the night.

Associate Sponsor Distinctly will be on hand to present to the winners of the “Online Retailer” category at the Presentation Evening which is at the University of Hertfordshire on September 22.

Gold, silver and bronze awards will be won in each category and Hertfordshire Mercury will not miss a second of the event.

Also backing the Awards are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Supporters of the scheme include the Department for International Trade and Capricorn Media.

Tickets are available now for a limited period, with a special discount offer on tables of 10. Visit the Hertfordshire Digital Awards page to apply.

 

 

 

HERTFORDSHIRE: HDA16 Finalists Announced

The finalists of the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016 have been announced and the Presentation Evening tickets are now available.

The remaining contenders in each of the categories are now in with a chance of clinching Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes at the winners’ ceremony on September 22 at the University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.

Tickets are on sale now and are expected to shift quickly following last year, which was deemed a “big success”.

HDA organisers claim this year’s event will be even “bigger and better”, with networking and entertainment lined up alongside the awards presentation.

Robin Bailey, chair of the HDA16 Judging Panel and host of the event said: “HDA16 will be a landmark event in the county’s awards scene and we’re looking forward to meeting the many forward-thinking organisations at the Presentation Evening.”

The Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016 Presentation Evening will include an arrival drink, two-course meal and a complimentary third of a bottle of wine person.

The event will be hosted by the former BBC presenter Robin Bailey.


Tickets are priced at £59.95 + VAT with a special 10% discount on tables for ten. To purchase tickets click here.


The HDAs are being supported by Nimbus Hosting (Headline Sponsor), Distinctly (Associate Sponsor), Hertfordshire Mercury (Media Partner), Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (Key Supporter), Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce (Key Supporter), Department for International Trade (Supporter) and Capricorn Media (Supporter).

The HDAs are the first and only scheme within the county to celebrate the online achievements of businesses, schools and charities.

HDA16 – The Finalists

BLOG

Deep Phat Digital
Laydey Katabella
Mercer & Hole
Muddy Stilettos Hertfordshire
Mummy’s Happiness
Murder Of Goths
Vivacious Mum

ONLINE RETAILER

1000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic
Bespoke Verse
Citiprint
FB Chain
Tempdent by Netrix
Very English

RESPONSIVE WEBSITE

Lyndhurst Financial Management
Premiere Velocity
Proceed by Shaun Power Design
Royal Connaught Park by Fresh Lemon
VisitBritain by Zoocha
Wildgoose by Tutch Media
WMT Chartered Accountants by Creative Digital Agency

USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA FOR BUSINESS

Fluid Studios
Heritage Brides
Lawsons by Innermedia
The Giving Machine by Cariad Marketing
The Horse Diva
The Wenta Group
Wagada

USE OF VIDEO FOR BUSINESS

Akademia by Asset TV
Cincera
DDS Media
EE ‘Wifi Calling’ by Smoking Rocket
GP Cars by Angela Makepeace Motion Graphics Studio
Link Digital
Wenta Business Centres

WEBSITE

Bishop’s Stortford College
Community Health Partnerships by Fresh Lemon
Morgan Davies Bridal by Shaun Power Design
Prosper
Visit Hertfordshire by Red Bullet
White Hart Developments by Fresh Lemon

WEBSITE: B2B

Asset TV
Chandler Garvey by Hoot Digital
Independent Buying Consortium by Professional IMPACT Design
Network Auctions by Aubergine
Oakmont Construction by Tutch Media
Proceed by Shaun Power Design
WMT Chartered Accountants by Creative Digital Agency

WEBSITE: LIFESTYLE & CULTURE

Daro by Outstanding Digital
Gorilla Warfare by Fluid Studios
High Living Barnet
Matrix Kitchens by Fluid Studios
Nicholas Anthony by Tutch Media
Skin to Love Clinic by Cariad Marketing
Wildgoose by Tutch Media

WEBSITE: MARKETING & CREATIVE

155 Creative
Bespoke Verse
City Creative by Link Digital
Gentle Giant Design
Joanna Scott Illustration
Mode Print Solutions by Innermedia
The Digital Marketing Consultancy

WEBSITE: SCHOOL, EDUCATION OR CHARITY

Bishop’s Stortford College
Hertsmere Jewish Primary School by The Creative Clinic
Isabel Hospice
Muscle Help Foundation
The Giving Machine
The Onslow Trust
Waltham Forest Churches Night Shelter by Hoot Digital

WEBSITE: SMALL BUSINESS

Consilia Wealth Management by The Creative Clinic
Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs
Michael McGrath Management Services
Prosper
RAG Conference 2016
The Foraging Fox by Rubber Cheese
Very English

WEBSITE: SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

1000 Mile Sportswear by The Creative Clinic
Cassiobury Tennis Club by The Lonely Pixel
FTA Sport by Link Digital
OnPoint Training by Advanced Web Designs
Renegade Gym by Absolute Creative
SFO Sports Centre
Train Like A Pro By Smoking Rocket

WEBSITE: TOURISM & HOSPITALITY

Coltsfoot by Absolute Creative
Freedom Australia by Link Digital
Holiday Tots by Advanced Web Designs
RAG Conference 2016
Visit Hertfordshire by Red Bullet
VisitBritain by Zoocha

HERTFORDSHIRE: 2 Weeks Left To Enter

There are just two weeks left to enter the Hertfordshire Digital Awards 2016.

Entries have flooded in for the 15 open categories, which include “Mobile App”, “Blog”, “Use of Video for Business” and “Website” since entry opened in March.

The last day entries for HDA16 can be received is JULY 22, at 5pm.

The scheme is open to businesses, from any industry, schools and charities from within the county border.

Designers based in Hertfordshire can submit work on behalf of a client outside of the county.

Entry is free and simple to complete.

Enter here.

The Headline Sponsor of HDA16 is Nimbus Hosting and Associate Sponsor is Distinctly

Media Partner for the scheme is Hertfordshire Mercury and the Key Supporters are Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Hertfordshire LEP.

The Presentation Evening will take place on September 22 at he University of Hertfordshire, in Hatfield.